iDEA Provides Input to Ohio Legislatures Considering Sports Betting Bill

Ohio lawmakers are preparing to introduce sports betting legislation in the state. But first, they want to hear from the experts. On Tuesday, lawmakers John Eklund and Sean O’Brien (D-District 32) hosted fact-finding meetings with industry experts and stakeholders.

George Sweny of the iDEA member company the Stars Group gave testimony on the economic benefits of online gaming and effective regulatory safeguards. iDEA will be following up with lawmakers with the results of its 2016 iGaming study in New Jersey, as well as our model legislation to better aid lawmakers with their upcoming draft.

After the meeting, Senator Eklund observed that “rather than trying to prevent sports betting in Ohio, the groups were more about being mindful of how to help and/or prevent issues from arising.”

To learn more about iDEA’s work in Ohio, read the full story on Sports Handle.